ATTENTION!!!

Greetings to all from Lawrence Dental Excellence!!,

As you are all probably aware, the Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, after thorough consultation with the Department of Health and the State Board of Dentistry, shut down dental offices, effective March 19. Since that time, we have been complying with the Governor’s order – remaining open for emergency procedures only to do our part to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to deliver a different cleaning method for the dental operatory.

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Health revised its COVID-19 Dental Health Care Personnel guidance on May 8 to reflect the Governor’s strategic phased reopening plan. The revised guidance lifts the prohibition on “elective” (non-urgent) dental procedures. What does that mean for you and your family? We are ready to see you now for a vast array of dental services and needs!

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Throughout this process, our goal has been to do no harm and to protect our patients (and ourselves), just as some of us did way back in the 1980s when we faced a similar crisis with the AIDS outbreak. Our precautions changed; all procedures necessitated the use of gloves and face protection. So, we continue to follow this rapidly-changing situation and continue to put the safety and health of patients and staff first. The revised guidance further directs dental providers to apply their clinical judgment, knowledge of COVID-19 cases in their respective markets, patient and staff needs, and availability of necessary supplies when assessing whether to move forward with non-urgent and elective dental care.

As we open our doors for non-urgent and non-emergency care, we are continuing to abide by the evolving regulations issued by the state of Pennsylvania to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth. Rest assured that we are also abiding by infection control protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Your health is in good hands, regardless of the needs and goals that may lead you to our office.

After the dental office closure was announced, I had asserted that by the middle of May, much of this would be behind us – that we could then continue to provide what we have always provided: excellent, health-centric dental care. We are right on schedule, and we are here for you. We look forward to hearing from you and reconnecting with you and your family.

Be well and we will see you soon!
Stephen M. Lawrence, DMD and Team

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Kingston, PA Dentist Restores Oral Health with Gum Disease Treatment

 Did you know that majority of adults in the United States have some form of gum disease? As the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, gum disease can wreak havoc on oral health and total wellness without treatment. Fortunately, the team at Lawrence Dental Excellence in Kingston, PA is proactive about monitoring periodontal health so that gum disease can be caught early and treated effectively. We educate our patients about the common causes of gum diseases, treatment options, and most importantly, methods for preventing it.

What Causes Gum Disease?

 Gum disease is an infection in the soft tissue that surrounds the teeth. There are several factors that contribute to the onset of gum disease: plaque buildup, genetics, and lifestyle choices.

  • Plaque Buildup – Plaque is a colorless, sticky film that releases toxins that breakdown the natural fibers in the gum tissue that support the teeth. Plaque build-up is caused by inadequate oral hygiene.
  • Genetics – If you have a family history of gum disease, you are at a higher risk for developing the condition.
  • Lifestyle choices – Smoking and tobacco use can increase the risk of gum disease.

Gum Disease Treatment

 Treatment for gum disease is contingent on how advanced the condition has become. In its earliest stage, gingivitis, treatment may only consist of additional professional cleanings and an improvement in at-home oral hygiene.

When the condition has progressed to advanced periodontitis, treatment becomes much more involved. It can include the following:

  • Scaling and root planing – this professional deep cleaning removes the tartar from below the gum line and smooths out the roots to prevent future build-up.
  • Antibiotics / Antimicrobial mouthwashes – these are used to control the infection.
  • Bone/Tissue Grafting – this may be necessary when bone or tissue loss has occurred as a result of deep infection.
  • Dental Implants – If tooth loss has occurred, dental implants can restore the gaps in the smile.

Bleeding gums are never normal

 Knowing the signs of gum disease can help you identify it early so that it’s more easily treated. The most common indicators of gum disease are:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Teeth that appear elongated
  • Loose/shifting teeth
  • Gum tissue pulling away from the teeth to form pockets

Contact Lawrence Dental Excellence Today

 When it comes to gum disease, the best method of prevention is routine dental exams along with good oral hygiene at home. If you feel like you may have some of the symptoms of gum disease, call our Kingston, PA office at (570) 852-2650.

Success Stories

Always a great experience at Dr Lawrence's office.

Always a great experience at Dr Lawrence’s office. They are now like close friends to me. I originally came to Dr Lawrence with some serious dental issues and he not only provided solutions that others either could not or would not …. but …. far exceeded my expectations. I now have people approaching me to compliment my smile and tell me my teeth are spectacular. Crazy! But, more importantly …… I no longer laugh with my hand over my mouth. And for me …… that is everything!

Margaret H.

Margaret H.

The staff there is AMAZING.

Yesterday was my first appointment with Dr. Lawrence.
To be honest, it was my first time being in a dentist’s chair in seven years. The staff there is AMAZING. They were so nice and made sure I was comfortable. My dental hygienist was awesome and calmed my anxiety. I wouldn’t recommend anyone besides Dr. Lawrence. Five stars!

Nikki M.

Nikki M.

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